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CMC-Waxhaw ceiling’s art came from Junior Art League

Members of the Waxhaw Junior Art league are shown at work on panels of a mural that now graces the ceiling of the ultrasound treatment room at CMC-Waxhaw. By regularly changing their work assignments, the finished mural had a unified look that disguised the fact it was painted by several artists.
Members of the Waxhaw Junior Art league are shown at work on panels of a mural that now graces the ceiling of the ultrasound treatment room at CMC-Waxhaw. By regularly changing their work assignments, the finished mural had a unified look that disguised the fact it was painted by several artists. COURTESY OF BETH KITTERINGHAM

A mural now graces the ceiling in the ultrasound room of Carolinas Medical Center-Waxhaw, and the art is the work of the Junior Art League of Waxhaw.

Unlike Michelangelo and his apprentices, the young Waxhaw artists were spared the task of climbing scaffolds to work on curved surfaces: Ceiling tiles were laid out on large drop cloths in rows with walking aisles in between so the artists could get to all the tiles. Each artist touched each ceiling tile.

The mural is intended to make the patient feel as though they are lying on a grassy knoll looking up through the trees at the sun, with clouds and birds flying overhead. Several Junior Art League members, including Lia Kitteringham, Mitchell Erb, Ben Smith, Leah Shelton, Kayla Kessel, Jacob Thomas, Nicole Manalis, Amanda McCloskey, Claire Falleson, Allie Davis, Katie Klietz and Olivia Taylor, worked to complete the project under the direction of Beth Kitteringham, president of the Junior Art League, and Jeff Mangum, a professional artist, muralist and owner of Masterpiece Murals.

The mural was coordinated with Alicia Campbell and Karla Bowers at CMC-Waxhaw.

“This was a great learning experience for the students,” Kitteringham said. “Jeff ran the project like a job, and he rotated the kids to a new spot from time to time so that the overall work of art looks like one person created it.”

The end result is a beautiful painting completed in an impressionistic style. The JAL members also were excited to give back to the community by doing what they love: art.

The Junior Art League started in January 2013 and comprises local high school students. Kitteringham works with local artists and members of the Waxhaw Arts Council to bring the artistic youths of the area workshops in media they might not be exposed to in school.

If you don’t want to wait until you are in need of an ultrasound, visit Maxwell’s Tavern’s window June 6-July 11 to see more work from these talented young artists.

Union County Playmakers

Union County Playmakers Vice President Ginger Heath invites the public to practice its sleuthing skills when the Playmakers present “Murder is a Fine Art: A mystery Picnic,” June 5 and 12.

Performances will be at the Treehouse Vineyards, 301 Bay St. in Monroe.

“Before the night is over, the murder will be solved,” Heath said.

Tickets cost $15. Pack a picnic basket or order an optional box meal with ticket order. Meals, prepared by the Stone Table for $12, consist of a turkey wrap, fresh fruit, chips and a chocolate-chip cookie. Doors open 7 p.m. for dinner and socializing.

Buy tickets at 704-238-3394 or through www.Carolinatix.org.

Now in its second season, Union County Playmakers is a community theater working in partnership with the Union County Community Arts Council. See details at the website: www.unioncountyplaymakers.org.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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